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Photo Coverage: Dee Dee Bridgewater & More Celebrate LADY DAY Opening Night
by Stephen Sorokoff - Oct 04, 2013

The new Billie Holiday musical Lady Day starring Tony and multiple Grammy Award-winner Dee Dee Bridgewater, opened last night, October 3 at the Little Shubert Theatre (422 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues). Written and directed by Stephen Stahl, the musical makes its New York debut having been produced at the Theatre de Boulogne-Billancourt and Theatre du Gymnase Marie Bell in Paris as well as The Donmar Warehouse and The Piccadilly Theatre in London, where it received critical praise and garnered an Olivier 'Best Actress in a Musical' Award nomination for Ms. Bridgewater. Check out photos from opening night below! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: First Look at Tom Hewitt, Brenda Braxton, Lindsay Roginski and More in Highlights of CHICAGO at Music Circus
by Stage Tube - Aug 24, 2013

Its first time ever at Music Circus, the sizzling, sexy Kander and Ebb smash hit Chicago is the final show of the 2013 Music Circus season, with an extended run at the Wells Fargo Pavilion from August 20 - 29. The 1996 revival of this hit musical, one of the cornerstones of the choreographic Broadway legacy of Bob Fosse, won 6 Tony Awards and is still running on Broadway. With a plot centered on murderesses Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly, on death row together fighting for the fame that may keep them from the gallows, the show features a number of popular songs including 'All That Jazz,' 'Razzle Dazzle' and 'Cell Block Tango.' BroadwayWorld has a first look at highlights of the production below! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Brenda Braxton, Lindsay Roginski and More in CHICAGO at Music Circus - Highlights!
by Stage Tube - Aug 23, 2013

The Music Circus production of the musical 'Chicago' at the Wells Fargo Pavilion runs now through August 29, 2013. Directed by Ron Kellum, choreographed by Randy Slovacek, the show features Brenda Braxton (Velma Kelly), Lindsay Roginski (Roxie Hart), Tom Hewitt (Billy Flynn), Roz Ryan (Matron 'Mama' Morton) and Ric Stoneback (Amos Hart). Click below to watch highlights from the show! (more...)

BWW Reviews: CHICAGO and All That Jazz at Music Circus
by Harmony Wheeler - Aug 22, 2013

Closing the summer season with its first production of the Kander and Ebb classic, 'Chicago,' Music Circus gives Sacramento the 'old razzle dazzle them' this week at the Wells Fargo Pavilion. The production features Fosse's well-known jazz hands, which influenced so much of musical theatre, and it glitters under Randy Slovacek's choreography and David Neville's dramatic lighting. A flexible cast shows off its muscles with amazing flips and twists of the body, while the story unfolds in vaudeville-style, complete with sensual black costumes designed by Mark Koss. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Tom Hewitt, Brenda Braxton, Lindsay Roginski and More in CHICAGO at Music Circus
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2013

Its first time ever at Music Circus, the sizzling, sexy Kander and Ebb smash hit Chicago is the final show of the 2013 Music Circus season, with an extended run at the Wells Fargo Pavilion from August 20 - 29. The 1996 revival of this hit musical, one of the cornerstones of the choreographic Broadway legacy of Bob Fosse, won 6 Tony Awards and is still running on Broadway. With a plot centered on murderesses Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly, on death row together fighting for the fame that may keep them from the gallows, the show features a number of popular songs including 'All That Jazz,' 'Razzle Dazzle' and 'Cell Block Tango.' BroadwayWorld has a first look at the production below! (more...)

BWW TV: The Infectious Music of MOTOWN Takes Over Bryant Park!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 18, 2013

Featured this week was the cast of Motown (Brandon Victor Dixon, Nicholas Christopher, Rebecca Covington, Ariana DeBose, Andrea Dora, Preston Dugger III, Dionne Figgins, Marva Hicks, Sasha Hutchings, Jawan Jackson, Darius Kaleb, Krisha Marcano, Sydney Morton, Jarran Muse, N'Kenge, Saycon Sengbloh, Eric LaJuan Summers, Julius Thomas III, Rickey Tripp), performing 'Stop In the Name of Love,' 'Can I Just Close the Door on Love,' 'Do You Love Me,' 'Jackson 5 Medley,' 'Get Ready' and 'Dancing in the Streets.' Check out highlights below! (more...)

InDepth InterView: Norm Lewis Talks THE TEMPEST, LES MIZ, SCANDAL, Broadway Memories, Future Plans & More
by Pat Cerasaro - Aug 17, 2013

Today we are talking a phenomenally talented performer known for his decades treading the boards in a number of featured and lead roles, most recently wowing crowds with his turn as one of the title characters in THE GERSHWINS' PORGY & BESS - the engaging and golden-voiced Norm Lewis. Discussing many of his most celebrated roles as well as some more obscure, Lewis paints a vivid picture of his career trajectory thus far and shares compelling and candid stories of working on productions as varied and diverse as the original Broadway versions of THE WHO'S TOMMY, SIDE SHOW, THE WILD PARTY, AMOUR, THE LITTLE MERMAID and SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM as well as his sensational work regionally in projects such as his recent essaying of Javert in LES MISERABLES at The Muny (to say nothing of the 25th Anniversary live at the 02) as well as turns in SWEENEY TODD and THE WIZARD & I: THE MUSIC OF STEPHEN SCHWARTZ among many others. Additionally, Lewis sheds some light on his recent onscreen work, clueing us in on how he became involved with hit nighttime soap SCANDAL and how he enjoyeds working with co-stars Kerry Washington and Tony Goldwyn on it - and if we will possibly see him in Season Three, perhaps. Plus, Lewis opens up about his upcoming solo gigs and performing plans - including first news on his starring part in the upcoming Public Theater musical version of THE TEMPEST - as well as touches upon a host of topics ranging from his appearances at spectacular special events - DREAMGIRLS: IN CONCERT, HAIR: IN CONCERT, TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA in the Park - to his appearance in SEX & THE CITY 2 (opposite Liza Minnelli) to recording studio work, dream projects, future goals, favorite workshop/reading experiences and much, much more! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Tom Hewitt, Brenda Braxton, Lindsay Roginski and More in CHICAGO at California Music Circus
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2013

Its first time ever at Music Circus, the sizzling, sexy Kander and Ebb smash hit Chicago is the final show of the 2013 Music Circus season, with an extended run at the Wells Fargo Pavilion from August 20 - 29. The 1996 revival of this hit musical, one of the cornerstones of the choreographic Broadway legacy of Bob Fosse, won 6 Tony Awards and is still running on Broadway. With a plot centered on murderesses Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly, on death row together fighting for the fame that may keep them from the gallows, the show features a number of popular songs including "All That Jazz," "Razzle Dazzle" and "Cell Block Tango." BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek of the production below! (more...)

COUGAR THE MUSICAL Creator Donna Moore Joins Cast as 'Clarity', 8/16-24
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2013

To coincide with Cougar The Musical's one year anniversary this August, the original Cougar, creator and writer, Donna Moore will join the cast as Clarity for four performances only., taking over the role for Brenda Braxtonwho is out of town performing the role of Velma in Chicago at the California Music Circus. Moore is set to inherit the claws and scratch her way into audience's hearts on August 16th, 17th, 23rd and 24th. (more...)

Top Stories You Missed on BWW This Weekend
by - Aug 11, 2013

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com from this weekend Sunday, August 11, 2013 - Sunday, August 11, 2013. (more...)

Photo Coverage: WICKED, ANNIE & More Visit BROADWAY IN BRYANT PARK!
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Aug 11, 2013

Featured this week was the cast of COUGAR THE MUSICAL (Brenda Braxton, Babs Winn, and Mary Mossberg), WICKED (Lindsay Mendez, Tiffany Haas and Derek Klena), ANNIE (Sadie Sink, Taylor Richardson, Gaby Bradbury, Tyrah Skye Odoms, Emily Rosenfeld, Brooklyn Shuck, Amaya Braganza, and Danette Holden) and The Fantasticks (Jim Schubin, Jeremiah James, Rita Markova, Daniel Marcus and Joseph Dellger). Check out photos below! (more...)

BWW TV: COUGAR THE MUSCAL is on the Prowl at BROADWAY IN BRYANT PARK!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 11, 2013

Featured this week was the cast of Cougar the Musical (Brenda Braxton, Babs Winn, Mary Mossberg), performing 'On the Prowl,'Gary's Right' and 'Say Yes.' Check out highlights below! (more...)

Music Circus to Present CHICAGO at Wells Fargo Pavilion, 8/20-29
by BWW News Desk - Aug 08, 2013

Its first time ever at Music Circus, the sizzling, sexy Kander and Ebb smash hit Chicago is the final show of the 2013 Music Circus season, with an extended run at the Wells Fargo Pavilion from August 20 - 29. The 1996 revival of this hit musical, one of the cornerstones of the choreographic Broadway legacy of Bob Fosse, won 6 Tony Awards and is still running on Broadway. With a plot centered on murderesses Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly, on death row together fighting for the fame that may keep them from the gallows, the show features a number of popular songs including "All That Jazz," "Razzle Dazzle" and "Cell Block Tango." (more...)

Photo Flash: COUGAR THE MUSICAL Celebrates One Year Off-Broadway!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 07, 2013

This August, the surprise hit of the season, Donna Moore's Cougar The Musical, celebrated its one year anniversary Off-Broadway. Directed and choreographed by Tony Nominated Lynne Taylor Corbett, Cougar The Musical, began performances on August 10 and opened on August 26, 2012. Check out photos from the celebration below! (more...)

Lindsay Mendez, Derek Klena & More Set for BROADWAY IN BRYANT PARK on 8/9
by BWW News Desk - Aug 05, 2013

This Thursday, August 9, 106.7 LITE FM's Delilah will emcee this week's Broadway in Bryant Park alongside the cast of I Forgive You Ronald Reagan including PJ Benjamin, Danielle Faitelson, Robert Emmet Lunney and Patricia Richardson. The event will also feature perfermances from the casts of COUGAR THE MUSICAL (Brenda Braxton, Babs Winn, Mary Mossberg and Andrew Brewer), WICKED (Lindsay Mendez, Katie Rose Clark and Derek Klena), and The Fantasticks (Jim Schubin, Jeremiah James, Rita Markova, Daniel Marcus and Joseph Dellger) (more...)

COUGAR THE MUSICAL Celebrates One Year Off-Broadway Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Aug 02, 2013

This August, the surprise hit of the season, Donna Moore's Cougar the Musical, will celebrate its one year anniversary Off-Broadway. Directed and choreographed by Tony Nominated Lynne Taylor Corbett, Cougar the Musical, began performances on August 10 and opened on August 26, 2012. To celebrate this amazing milestone, Cougar the Musical will celebrate with an additional block of tickets available now through September 29, and the celebration will kick-off with cake and cocktails - Cougar style tonight, August 2, 2013. (more...)

Brenda Braxton Will Return to COUGAR THE MUSICAL; COUGAR Extends Through Today
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2013

Tony Nominee Ms. Brenda Braxton originated the role of Clarity Jones in Donna Moore's surprise Off-Broadway hit Cougar the Musical and will reprise her role now that her successful tour of Thoroughly Modern Millie has come to an end. Now in its ninth month, Cougar the Musical, continues to offer new blocks of tickets for the summer, now through July 27, 2013. (more...)

COUGAR THE MUSICAL to Celebrate One Year Off-Broadway, 8/2
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2013

This August, the surprise hit of the season, Donna Moore's Cougar The Musical, will celebrate its one year anniversary Off-Broadway. Directed and choreographed by Tony Nominated Lynne Taylor Corbett, Cougar The Musical, began performances on August 10 and opened on August 26, 2012. To celebrate this amazing milestone, Cougar The Musical will celebrate with an additional block of tickets available now through September 29, and the celebration will kick-off with cake and cocktails - Cougar style on Friday, August 2, 2013. (more...)

Phillip Boykin, Jennifer Hope Wills, Tom Hewitt and More Cast in Music Circus' 2013 Season!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2013

After auditioning performers in New York City, Los Angeles and Sacramento, California Musical Theatre Artistic Director Glenn Casale has announced casting for the 63rd Music Circus season, including Broadway veterans, Tony nominees and audience favorites from previous Music Circus seasons. The five-show season at the Wells Fargo Pavilion includes The Wizard of Oz, Show Boat, Sugar, The King and I and the Music Circus premiere of Chicago. (more...)

Andrew Brewer Joins Cast of COUGAR THE MUSICAL as 'Young Buck'
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2013

Producers of Donna Moore's surprise Off-Broadway hit Cougar the Musical are excited to welcome fresh cougar bait to the cast, as Andrew Brewer takes over the role of Young Buck through the summer. (more...)

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